Search Results Archives: June 2018

June 20, 2018

Sound off on federal maritime regs

From: WorkBoat


A sign notified port workers, longshoremen and truckers at Conley Terminal in Massachusetts of the Oct. 15, 2008 deadline for obtaining a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). USCG photo.


The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking public comments on “how the federal government may prudently manage regulatory costs imposed on the maritime sector.” The initiative is part of President Trump’s February executive order instructing federal agencies to review regulations they enforce and make recommendations on which rules should be repealed, replaced or modified.

June 18, 2018

Commercial Drone Alliance Meets With White House Office on Drones Over People, Security

From: Drone Life

Posted By: Miriam McNabb

The Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA) met yesterday with the Office of Information and  Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the White House.  CDA representatives discussed the Alliance positions on two regulatory issues: drone flight over people and general drone security.


In their discussions with OIRA, CDA representatives emphasized the economic potential of commercial drones, but told authorities that drone regulation had to keep up in order for that potential to be realized.   “To get there, however, our nation’s regulatory framework must keep pace,” says a CDA statement. “… to promote American competitiveness and enable innovation to succeed, we must continue to move UAS rulemaking forward rapidly.

EPA, Corps will send WOTUS proposal to OMB

From: Agri-Pulse

By Steve Davies


OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs coordinates review of proposed rules with other government agencies. OIRA has 90 days to review proposals, but the rulemaking agency or agencies can extend that review indefinitely. The latest regulatory agenda published by the administration anticipates the publication of a proposed WOTUS rule in the Federal Register by August and a final rule by November 2019.

June 11, 2018

DHS Still Awaiting Final Clearance on Rule to Rescind H-4 Work Authorization

From: India-West

The Department of Homeland Security filed a status update May 22 with the DC Court of Appeals noting that it is awaiting final clearance on a rule to rescind work authorization for certain H-4 visa holders. A final rule is not expected to be issued until 2019. Last month, 130 members of Congress, led by Indian American Rep. Pramila Jayapal, urged DHS to continue the work authorization. (Jay Sharma/SaveH4EAD photo)


In its status report, DHS noted that once the proposed draft has received final clearance from its agency, it will be sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review.

June 7, 2018

EPA’s openness plan sets off alarm

Editor’s Note: See also, CRE on the EPA Science Initiative and CRE Position on EPA Science Plan Takes Its Toll.

From: Bloomberg News



Two pesticide trade groups also filed comments: CropLife America, whose members include Monsanto Co., DuPont Crop Protection and Growmark Inc., and Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment.

Janet Collins, an executive vice president of CropLife, wrote that the proposed rule “likely will have far-reaching implications for the organization’s members whose products are closely regulated as part of the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs.”

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June 6, 2018

California and Carmakers ‘in Agreement’ on Emissions Standards

From: Bloomberg


  • Trump administration seeks to curb state’s power to set rules
  •  ‘Standards on the books actually should be on the books’


“We are now, I think it is fair to say, in a confusing situation,” Mary Nichols said Tuesday at the Edison Electric Institute convention in San Diego. “Maybe in the first time in recorded history, California and the auto industry are mostly in agreement that standards on the books actually should be on the books, and California should have a place in implementing those standards.”

June 4, 2018

Data Center Initiative Falling Short of Goals, GAO Finds

From: FEDWeek

The 24 departments and large agencies participating in the Data Center Optimization Initiative have made “mixed progress” toward achieving the targets OMB set for them to meet by the September and especially are falling short on achieving projected savings, GAO has said.

While most have met or have plans to meet goals for closing and consolidating those centers, four do not have plans and another two are working with OMB to set revised targets, a report said.

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June 1, 2018

EPA submits draft in step to roll back Obama fuel rules

From: NY Times via Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

By Coral Davenport


A spokesman for the EPA confirmed Thursday that the agency had completed its work on the proposed regulatory rollback and sent it to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. Typically that is the final step before a proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. The rules are then open for public comment before taking effect, during which the terms could still be modified.